Room Selection Process

What to Do Now:

  • Pay the $150 RSP Deposit (due by May 1)
  • Determine your roommate group: all in your group must be current SUNY Cortland students who have completed the RSP form; new students starting in the fall cannot join your group
    • Your roommate group size must match the occupancy of the room you select
      • If you do not have a roommate group you are only eligible to select from single rooms or rooms with one space
      • To live in a double room you will need two people
      • To live in a quad in Dragon or Glass Tower Halls you need a group of four people
      • To live in a four-person suite or apartment you will need a group of four people
      • To live in a six-person suite you will need a group of six people
    • Having the correct group size for a quad, suite or apartment does not guarantee you a quad, suite or apartment; once all suites have been chosen you will have to break your group down into sub-groups to choose single, double or triple rooms
  • Choose your room (by April 30)

Who Has to Live On Campus?

  • If you entered SUNY Cortland in August 2019 as a freshman, including freshman transfers (0-25.5 credit hours) you have a freshman and sophomore year on-campus housing requirement
    • Required to live on campus for four semesters; you must participate in RSP
  • If you entered SUNY Cortland in January 2020 as a transfer (including current junior and sophomore transfers) you have a one year on-campus requirement.
    • Required to live on campus for two semesters; you must participate in RSP

Students Not Returning

If you do not require on-campus housing next year for any reason (met requirement, withdrawing, transferring, internship, student teaching, etc.) complete the Release from Housing form for Fall 2020 available in the spring semester (mid-February). Follow the same steps as the Fill Out Your RSP Form section.

Room Selection Process Timeline for 2020-2021

Timeline is subject to change. Review during spring semester for most updated RSP timeline.



Feb. 5 Room selection process (RSP) form; begin paying $150 RSP deposit 
Feb. 10 - Mar. 13 RSP Information Meetings 
Mar. 13 Housing accommodation medical documentation due by 4 p.m.
Mar. 30 RSP form due by 11:59 p.m.
Apr. 2 View your selection time and processes
Apr. 6-10 Housing accommodation selection
Apr. 9-10 Casey Tower Special Selection (for Fall 2019 Casey Tower residents only)**
Apr. 9-10 Smith Tower Special Selection (one semester option)
Apr. 9-10  Special interest selection (21+, all gender, graduate) 
Apr. 13 Regular selection begins
May 1 Pay $150 RSP deposit by 4 p.m. 
May 4 Occupancy restriction is lifted
May 8 Last day to select your room
Early June Room Change Days and Wait List selection (more information, including dates, will sent to participants via email)

** The situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak is changing on a daily basis, resulting in many directives from New York State and the Office of the Governor. There is currently a pause on non-essential construction in New York State. Residence Hall renovations are not currently considered essential at this time which impacts our projects at SUNY Cortland. Due to this guidance we are not currently planning on Casey Tower being available for residency in the Fall 2020 semester.

Students in the Casey Tower Special Selection will still be afforded a special selection time on April 9th and 10th because they resided in Casey Tower during the Fall 2019 semester. Participants in the special selection will have the ability to select rooms, quads, suites, or apartments (depending on roommate group size) across campus. They will be eligible to pull in their roommate groups.**

RSP How To:

Access The Housing Director

All housing processes will take place from The Housing Director page. To access anything housing-related, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to your myRedDragon.
  2. Select the “Student” tab.
  3. Under Residence Life and Housing select “Housing Process and Information.”

Fill Out Your RSP Form (view screenshots)

  1. Select Forms.
  2. Choose "Room Selection Process Form."
    1. If you are not living on campus next year, choose the "Release From Housing for Fall 2019" form.
  3. Read and sign the Room and Board License.
  4. Complete Personal Information: contains the roommate matching questionnaire and housing questions; once done, click Continue.
  5. Review the confirmation page.

Complete Your Roommate Profile (optional) (view screenshots)

  1. Choose "Set Up Roommate Profile" and then "Roommate Profile."
  2. To allow others to search for you in the advanced roommate search, keep your profile public; otherwise, make it private.
  3. Set up your contact preferences.
  4. Complete My Profile using the guidelines; profiles must not contain language that is discriminatory or harassing in any nature.

Form Your Roommate Group (view screenshots)

To live in a double room, you will be required to choose a roommate to select a room with. If you do not know who you would like to live with, you will have an option to search for others or you can opt to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff.

  1. Choose "Housing Information" and select "Roommates/Suitemates."
  2. Select a roommate:
    1. Know who you want to live with? Search with their name in the simple roommate search.
    2. Not sure who you want to live with? Complete the advanced roommate search and join our RSP Facebook group to find someone.
  3. Send a request to the person(s) you want to live with. They will need to accept or decline.
  4. Accept or decline roommate requests sent to you.
  5. Continue with these steps until you have the desired number in your group (up to a total of six individuals.)

Choose Your Room (view screenshots)

  1. On the main page of The Housing Director, scroll down to see the selection processes you are eligible for.
  2. Each process will display a start date and time. This is when you will be able to choose your room.
  3. If you are selecting with at least one other individual, the person with the earlier selection time can choose for all in the roommate group.
  4. Select "Select a Room/Suite."
  5. If you are in more than one process, you will choose the process you want to choose a room from.
  6. Search for a room.
  7. Select "Select Room" or "Select Suite."
  8. Assign all individuals in your group to the beds and/or rooms.
  9. Select "I Agree- submit my room selection."
  10. Confirm your housing by viewing your assignment for Fall 2020 on the main page.

It is possible that someone else may choose your room/suite as you are selecting. If this happens, you will receive a message that this has happened. Search for another room.

Room Changes

You are only able to change your assignment. Your roommate will have to make changes separately. Once your original selection time is active you will be able to complete a form indicating you want to change your room. Once complete, follow the same steps as listed in "Choose Your Room." Room changes will be permitted during RSP in the spring 2020 semester. WCA Guarantee participants can contact Residence Life and Housing to request a room change.

Pay Your Room Deposit (begins spring 2020)

Pay one of two ways:

  • At Student Accounts, Miller Building, Room 323, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • With your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card on myRedDragon
    • Under the Student Tab and the Residence Life and Housing section choose "Pay Room Deposit Online"
    *Student staff members, EOP students, and C.U.R.E. students will receive a room deposit waiver. Waivers will be processed by the residence life and housing staff.

RSP Videos

How to access Residence Life and Housing Forms through myRedDragon

How to complete the RSP Form

How to create a roommate profile

How to find roommates

Information Meetings for RSP 2020-2021

Freshmen and new transfers are required to attend. If you cannot attend the session in your residence hall, you may attend one in another hall. Informational meetings will take place during February floor meetings. Contact your hall staff for more information.

RSP PowerPoint

Did you miss the RSP Information Meeting? Need to look at the PowerPoint? Download the 2020-2021 RSP PowerPoint.

New to RSP this year

  • An easier room change process: If you want to move from your current selection to another open space just complete the Room Change form. The form will be available once your original selection time is active.